For diseases of the retina, macula and vitreous -- serious eye conditions -- your MD's
training, experience, and state-of-the-art equipment and techniques surely make a difference in your outcome. Dr. Nelson and Dr. Truxal have
formed Sound Retina -- the South Puget Sound's premier retina-only group practice -- to ensure patients receive the highest
level of care possible.
Mark L. Nelson, MD, FACS
Dr. Nelson received his undergraduate degree from the United States Military
Academy at West Point and his Medical Degree from F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine in Bethesda, MD. He completed his Ophthalmology Residency at
Madigan Army Medical Center at Ft. Lewis, WA. Selected to be a prestigious Heed Fellow, Dr. Nelson completed his two-year Vitreoretinal
Surgery Fellowship at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, PA in 2003.
Dr. Nelson has published and lectured extensively. He is also is
also a peer-reviewer for multiple medical journals to include Ophthalmology, British Journal of Ophthalmology, and Retina.
Dr. Nelson is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He
left the Army as a Colonel, where he was an "A Proficiency Designator" award recipient for being rated in the top 5 percent of Army
physicians. He served as the theater eye surgeon at the combat support hospital in Ba lad, Iraq in 2006.
Dr. Nelson lives in Tacoma with his wife Yuki, and has two daughters and two
sons. In his free time, he enjoys fly fishing, skiing and swimming.
Click on this link to view a complete Curriculum Vitae for Dr. Nelson
Anthony R. Truxal, MD, FACS
Dr. Truxal received his Medical Degree from Temple University School of Medicine in
Philadelphia, PA. He completed his Ophthalmology Residency at the Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in Aurora, CO. His two-year Vitreoretinal
Surgery Fellowship was completed at University of Texas at Houston in 1992.
Dr. Truxal is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and a retired Army
Colonel and former Chief of Retina Services at Madigan Army Medical Center, Ft. Lewis, Washington.
Dr. Truxal lives in Lakewood with his wife, Lynnette, and has a daughter, Nicole, and two
sons, Robert and Charlie. He is an avid golfer.
Click on this link to view a complete Curriculum Vitae for
Himanshu K. Banda, MD
Dr. Banda will begin practicing at
Sound Retina in August 2019 and is currently accepting new patients.
Dr. Banda received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Missouri
– Kansas City. He completed his internship and residency in Ophthalmology at Emory University, where he served as Chief Resident. He completed his
Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship at The Retina Institute (formerly Barnes Retina Institute) in St. Louis, Missouri.
Dr. Banda is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Banda lives in Tacoma. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his brother,
Abhi, who lives in Bellevue, and exploring all that the South Sound has to offer.
Jay M. Haynie, OD, FAAO
Dr. Haynie began practicing at Sound Retina in September of 2018 and is currently
accepting new patients.
University Faculty Appointment– Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor Pacific University,
Retinal Disease Fellowship– Retina and Macula Specialists, Tacoma WA
Optometry Residency in Ocular Disease– American Lake VA Medical Center, Tacoma WA
Optometry School– Pacific University College of Optometry, Forest Grove OR
Dr. Haynie lives in Tacoma WA with his wife Kelly. He is a published author and a
nationally recognized lecturer on new technology and management of retina and macular diseases. He is a College Sports enthusiast and looks
forward to “March Madness”.
Barton Blackorby, MD
Dr. Blackorby received his undergraduate degree from Illinois College and his Medical
Degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Oklahoma City, OK. From there, he completed his Ophthalmology Residency at Madigan
Army Medical Center at Ft. Lewis, WA. After two years as a comprehensive ophthalmologist, he then went on to complete his two-year
Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship at The Retina Institute in St Louis, MO in July 2020.
Dr. Blackorby is active in research and is also an active peer-reviewer for the Journal
of Vitreoretinal Diseases. He is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is an active-duty Major in the Army.
Dr. Blackorby lives in Tacoma with his wife Sarah, and has three daughters. In his
free time, he enjoys fly fishing, triathlons, and camping.